RUSSELL WATSON SUMMER PICNIC CONCERT – TONBRIDGE CASTLE, KENT
Rye International Jazz & Blues Festival proudly present singing sensation Russell Watson performing a special outdoor summer picnic concert at the stunning and historic setting of Tonbridge Castle, Kent on Sunday 9th July.
We are delighted to announce that acclaimed Jazz singer Liane Carroll has been confirmed to perform in the supporting line up.
Watson, known as the “People’s Tenor” is credited with being the “UK’s Best Selling Classical Artist” and has sold over seven million albums throughout his exceptional career.
This is will be a wonderful event for the whole family and Russell will be performing an exciting programme which will include many of his best loved favourites, and songs from stunning latest album ‘True Stories’. Accompanying Russell on stage will be the Masquerade ensemble of wonderful musicians.
Tickets for this special event will be in high demand so book early to avoid disappointment.
This is a wonderful way to relax with family and friends, listening to the amazing Russell Watson in such a unique castle setting.
Front stage ticket: £60.00
Lawn ticket: £45.00
Children under 5 free admission and children under 16 half price.
Wheelchair and disabled access available at the venue.
Booking fee applies – see terms and conditions.
We are delighted to confirm Warners Solicitors of Tonbridge and Sevenoaks as out title event partners, and Fidelity International as our supporting partner of this prestigious event. Their support is very much appreciated.
We are also very excited to announce that the ‘Fidelity International Choir’ will be performing with Russell Watson on the day of the concert.
It is our pleasure to be working with Hospice in the Weald, as our event charity partner; we will be raising both awareness and funds for this wonderful charity, to acknowledge the fantastic care and support they give to our community.
Russell Watson, known as the “People’s Tenor” is credited with being the “UK’s Best Selling Classical Artist” and has sold over seven million albums throughout his exceptional career.
Since being described by the New York Times as a performer “who sings like Pavarotti and entertains the audience like Sinatra”, he subsequently released ten studio albums, each one receiving more critical acclaim than the last, and has sold over seven million albums.
Russell held the number one spot in the USA for his debut album ‘The Voice’, making him the first British male singer to hold the accolade of a simultaneous transatlantic number one. His second studio album ‘Encore’ soon followed, it became an even greater success selling almost two million copies worldwide. During this period Russell was rewarded with various awards including four Classical Brits.
Among many special appearances, Russell performed at the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth games in 2002 where he sang to a worldwide audience of one billion, at Buckingham Palace for the Queen’s Coronation Gala Festival 2013, the opening ceremony of the World Games, the Rugby Union World Cup and at the Nou Camp Stadium for the 1999 Champion’s League Final with Montserrat Caballé.
Other notable collaborations include Meatloaf, Lionel Richie, Paul McCartney, Lulu, Alexandra Burke, Sean Ryder and the late great Luciano Pavarotti.
His dramatic performances in stage shows have also earned him great critical acclaim, he played Parson Nathaniel in Jeff Wayne’s War of the Worlds tour and played the lead role of Karl Oscar in Benny and Björn’s (ABBA) Kristina where the New York Times said “Watson’s ‘Puccini’ ready voice was crystal clear”. His recent collaboration with Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg meant he fulfilled a lifetime ambition to work alongside the writers of the world’s most successful musical ever, Les Miserables, where Boublil and Schonberg crafted a body of poignancy and class to his new album.
Born in London and raised in Hastings, from the beginning of her musical career at the age of fifteen, she has dedicated her life to creating a deep and abiding connection with audiences all over the world through her exceptional talent, versatility and ability to truly interpret a song. Along the way she has collaborated with such diverse artists as Paul McCartney, Gerry Rafferty, Long John Baldry, Ian Shaw, Claire Martin OBE, Joe Stilgoe and drum and bass outfit London Elektricity with whom she headlined this year at Finsbury Park’s ‘Hospital in the Park’ festival. Equally at home in intimate jazz venues and vast performance spaces, earlier this summer Liane took part in the BBC Late Night Proms performing at The Royal Albert Hall with the National Youth Jazz Orchestra Of Scotland.
Liane is a great supporter of young and emerging artists and is much in demand by youth orchestras, ensembles and colleges for her inspirational approach to teaching. She runs regular workshops for aspiring vocalists at all levels of experience and teaches at the revered Guildhall School Of Music and Drama.
As a recording artist Liane has gained much critical acclaim. Her four most recent albums (Slow Down, Up and Down, Ballads, Seaside) all earned a four star reviews in The Guardian newspaper. Her latest release Seaside (Linn Records), homage to her life by the coast, is her third with Grammy nominated producer James McMillan of QuietMoney Studios and holds a coveted ‘British Jazz Award’ for ‘Best New CD’ (2015).
As well as Liane’s solo performances; her current projects include her Trio with her husband bassist Roger Carey and drummer Russell Field and a vocal trio with long time friends Sophie Bancroft and Sara Colman.
Winner: ‘Best Vocalist’ and ‘Best of Jazz’ - BBC Jazz Awards 2005
Winner: ‘Musician Of The Year’ - British Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2008
Winner: ‘Best Jazz Album of the Year’ - Parliamentary Jazz Award’s 2012
Nominated: ‘Best UK Vocalist’ - Jazz FM Awards 2013
Winner: ‘Best British Vocalist’ - British Jazz Awards 2013
Winner: ‘Best new CD’ - British Jazz Awards 2015 (Seaside)
Nominated: Jazz Album Of The Year – Parliamentary Jazz Awards 2016 (Seaside)
Nominated: ‘Vocalist Of The Year’ – Jazz FM Awards 2016
Winner: ‘Vocalist Of The Year’ - British Jazz Awards 2016
Tonbridge Castle is within easy access of Tonbridge Mainline Station is 10 minutes’ walk from the Castle with trains running to and from London Charing Cross, Sevenoaks, Ashford, Canterbury and the Coast (Ramsgate & Hastings). Tonbridge is close by to major road links including the A21 with access to the M25 and M20.
You can travel by train to Tonbridge mainline station from across the South East via Southeastern train services. Please see this link for further information.
Tonbridge Castle is located at the end of Tonbridge High Street, and is a ten minute walk. Alternatively you can also take a taxi from the station to the castle.
Pay and Display Car parks are situated next to the Castle and other parking locations can be located here.